In a recent interview, Paper Girls star, Sofia Rosinsky, teased what audiences could expect from her character, MacKenzie “Mac” Coyle, in season 2.
Warning! Spoilers for Paper Girls season 1 are below!
Paper Girls star Sofia Rosinsky recently teased what audiences could expect from MacKenzie “Mac” Coyle in season 2. Based on the Eisner Award-winning Brian K. Vaughan comic book series of the same name, Amazon’s live-action adaptation focuses on a team of four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls that were thrust into a war between two factions of time-travelers on Halloween night in 1988. Rosinsky is joined by Camryn Jones as Tiffany Quilkin, Riley Lai Nelet as Erin Tieng, and Fina Strazza as KJ Brandman.
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Rosinsky stars as Mac, the foul-mouthed youngest child from a poor, dysfunctional family. Throughout her journey in season 1, Mac shields herself emotionally with a rough exterior by belittling those around her and only revealing the negative aspects of her life as a way to make those more fortunate feel worse. However, as a result of traveling into the future and meeting a far older version of her brother Dylan (Cliff Chamberlain), Mac discovers that she will not survive past the age of 16 due to cancer. This weighs heavily on Mac and guides her actions for the remainder of the season.
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In a recent interview with Collider, Rosinsky teased what audiences could expect from her character Mac in Paper Girls season 2. The actor explained that Mac’s death revelation deeply affects her going forward. Where she was once “very guarded,” Mac struggles with the point of maintaining her tough facade. Rosinsky calls Mac’s series arc “beautiful” and hopes to get a chance to see it through. Read what the actor said below.
“I feel that Mac’s sense of humor is very present throughout Season 1, of course, sort of until she learns certain shocking news. Then it sort of starts to die down a little bit, as it would, based on the news that she heard. But I would say that probably at the beginning of the series, Mac is very guarded and she’s a really tough nut to crack, but… when she hears of certain news, I think that shell starts to melt away a little bit because she realizes there’s no point in trying to keep that up and trying to keep her guard up. Really, there’s no point. It’s useless now. So I think that, in one way, it’s pretty claustrophobic for her, but then at the same time, it’s actually quite freeing because there’s no need for that. She adopted this shell for the environment around her at home. She has a very rough home life. She’s had to be very strong to survive all that, and I think that it’s interesting that based on the good, positive influence these girls have had on her, and also just this information that she finds out, she’s able to let that go a little bit and actually explore who she wants to be and who she knows she is behind that shell, and I think just seeing her sense of humor come through and seeing her character change — she has a beautiful arc and I just am looking forward to exploring that hopefully.”
Rosinsky understands that Mac learning that she will die young is news that anyone, let alone a young girl, would struggle with. Knowing one’s mortality would affect the person’s outlook on life, likely guiding their decisions. With Paper Girls core conceit being time travel, how Mac’s future death will affect her journey remains to be seen. The fact that time travel exists within their world allows a possibility for Mac to address her illness before its effects become noticeable.
The series centers on four paper girls thrust through time in ways that have yet to be explained thoroughly. Throughout the season, the STF Underground faction believes that events in time can be changed, while the Old Watch claim that what happens must happen to protect their universe. Initially, the paper girls concluded that time travel was a closed loop as they heard themselves communicate over a radio from 1988 to 1999. However, Larry Radakowski (Nate Corddry) is later shown to be eaten by a Quetzalcoatlus in 1999 when he was already depicted to have helped the pre-teens in 2019. This act proves that the flow of time is not predetermined and can change, allowing for the possibility that Mac may find the treatment she needs to live past 16. With Paper Girls season 2 yet to be greenlit by Amazon, audiences can only speculate how Mac’s knowledge of her death will steer her in the future.